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Skiing through ice patches - tips?

Discussion in 'General Skiing' started by Lilia, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:03 AM.

  1. Lilia

    Lilia Certified Ski Diva

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    Hello Divas,

    Recently I have skied in a large QC ski resorts, and was bothered by the ice patches. Tried my best to avoid them when I could, but was not always successful. I did not fall but still, I think I could use a piece of advice from more experienced skiers.

    How do I behave when I see a sizeable ice patch on the slope that I am entering the next millisecond? So far, my tactic was to get lower, legs wider apart, no any new manoeuvers, all attention to my balance and to wait till the ice patch is passed. As soon as I felt solidly on the snow, I make the next turn.

    Feels awkward when I feel being just carried down on ice by the forces, struggling to stay on my legs, unable to do anything.
     
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  2. Jilly

    Jilly Moderator Staff Member

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    Just slide and steer. Stay balanced. You can't edge so don't worry about it. If you need to turn on the ice, pivot and steer it. As long as you have friction on the ice, you'll slow down.

    And yes, look for snow to turn on if it's there.
     
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  3. Skier31

    Skier31 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Make sure you are flexing your uphill knee.
    If you are leaning up the hill and more weight is on your uphill ski, you will have difficulty.
     
  4. Jilly

    Jilly Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually lighter is better than trying to get lower. But if you feel better balanced lower, go for it.
     
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  5. nopoleskier

    nopoleskier Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    agree ^^^.. I always just stay balanced and flat over the ice and "Look" for the snow to turn on and not concentrate on the ice.. Stay calm...
     
  6. newboots

    newboots Angel Diva

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    When I don’t stiffen up on ice, I navigate it better. When I do have to make my turn on ice, I leave room for some sideways skidding, but I can make a pivot turn.

    I think when you encounter it more often without disaster, it becomes challenging, not terrifying.
     
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  7. SkiBam

    SkiBam Angel Diva

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    A friend I ski with often has always been psyched out by ice. He has finally realized that whenever he encountered icy patches, he would stiffen up, lean uphill, brace against the outside ski (which would of course slide out from the pressure), and he would often fall. Now that he's focusing on staying relaxed and balanced over the outside ski (but no pushing) and sort of calmly sliding over the ice, it's working much much better. And he's no longer terrified by ice.